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118 800 Mobile Phone Service

alanf
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118 800 Mobile Phone Service

There is a new service whereby someone who knows your name and address can request to be put through to your mobile. You can then decide whether or not to accept the call. They are not given your number. The database is built up from wherever the data could be obtained.
The public has to opt out of this "service" if they do not wish to receive any such calls and this takes up to 28 days!
http://www.118800.co.uk/faqs.html
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Re: 118 800 Mobile Phone Service

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You can then decide whether or not to accept the call. They are not given your number.

That's not how it works, it works like this
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When you search on 118800.co.uk, we’ll send an SMS message to the person you’re seeking givng them your contact details so they can call you back.
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which is very cost effective for you as the other person then pays for the phone call that you initiated...... Undecided
And now 118800 have all your contact info on record too Huh
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Re: 118 800 Mobile Phone Service

Except it costs you a pound a go to look up the number
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How much does the 118 800 service cost?
When you use 118800.co.uk to get your contact details sent to the person you’re trying to get hold of, you will be charged £1. This charge is made by an SMS message from us to you and it will appear on your mobile phone bill.
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Re: 118 800 Mobile Phone Service

Of course, but no charges to call the mobile if they call you back.
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Re: 118 800 Mobile Phone Service

Of course there is that if they decide to call back - they could either ignore it or just send them a text. Either way it is very little or no cost to them.
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Re: 118 800 Mobile Phone Service

If I got a random text asking to call a random number I wouldn't call it.
But I bet a lot would
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Re: 118 800 Mobile Phone Service

I already have my mobile listed in the BT directory (118500)
Its a free service Orange provide to their customers, and allows you to find my number in the same way you would find my landline number.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/09/connectivity_ico/
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Privacy campaigner Simon Davies, however, argued that the ability for individuals to contact people whose mobile number is in the database, despite the presence of a middle man, represented a greater invasion of personal space.
He quit as a consultant to Connectivity early in the directory's development when it became clear it would operate on an opt-out consent model. Davies said few would have imagined that agreeing to be contacted for marketing purposes might mean their number would be included in a directory usable by anyone.

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You can then decide whether or not to accept the call. They are not given your number.

That's not how it works, it works like this

That's how it works online. If you ring up they try to patch you through. If they fail to connect THEN they send an SMS.
See Working Lunch in iPlayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00l7mfg/b00l7mfb/Working_Lunch_09_06_2009/
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Oh OK, I get it now, Thanks
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/12/connectivity_legal_threats/
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The company behind a controversial new directory of private mobile phone numbers threatened O2 with legal action when it refused to provide its customers' personal details, The Register has learned.
Start up firm Connectivity, which will launch its 118800 service next week, approached O2 18 months ago for access to its customer database. The operator refused and argued that only an opt-in approach was appropriate because people typically consider their mobile number very private.
In response, Connectivity told O2 it was legally required to hand over the data as landline companies are required to give data to home phone directories.
A spokeswoman for O2 said: "Connectivity approached O2 some time ago to request customers' details and we declined to participate, despite the threat of litigation.